The Craftsman Bungalow is an all American housing style, but it has its spiritual roots in India. Native houses in the province of Bengal were called bangla or bangala. British colonists adapted these one-story thatch-roofed huts to use as summer homes. For a comfortable bangla, the British arranged dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms around central living rooms.
The first American house to be called a bungalow was designed in 1879 by William Gibbons Preston. Built at Monument Beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the two-story house had the informal air of resort architecture. However, it did not express the true Bungalow style. The typical style incorporates a low pitched roof, wide eaves with exposed rafters, decorative braces, porch with square columns, one or one and a half stories, and built in cabinets, shelves, and seating, Other typical styles incorporate stone chimneys, gabled dormers, and sloping foundations.
This Wild Basin Ledge home incorporates almost all of these traits. Our client wanted to follow traditional Craftsman Style Architecture and we followed the style as close as possible. With the demand for fine trim woodwork that this house demanded, our trim carpenter spent an inordinate amount of time following the details needed to accomplish the final product.
Perched on a high bluff overlooking a deep Texas canyon, this home meets all the needs and desires of the homeowners.